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Meet The Ipswich Vet Team | Vets4Pets
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Meet the Ipswich vet team

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Sandra Braunig

Veterinary Surgeon & Practice Partner

Sandra was born and raised in North London. She graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 1997. Sandra started her career in a mixed animal practice in Wales where she stayed a year before deciding to work solely with small animals. She worked at a practice in Surrey for eleven years then moved to a practice in Colchester for three years before realising her dream of opening Ipswich Vets4Pets in 2012.


What made you want to be a Vet?

After seeing ‘All Creatures Great & Small’ on television and reading James Herriot’s books I knew that being a vet was the only job for me. He inspired a whole generation of vets.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would it be and why?

I would be a Robin because they make people happy and I could fly around and explore.

What is your favourite thing about being a Vet?

I love the variety that each day brings and the fact that after seventeen years I still love my job and can’t wait to come to work everyday. I also love puppies and kittens.

What pets do you have?

I have a greedy twelve year old Labrador, Sketty the wonky Lurcher who is nearly 2, Pricilla my nine year old Cat and Vanessa, Wilma and Flower the ex-battery Hens.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?

My secret talent is Hula Hooping.

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Jodie Cook

Veterinary Surgeon

Jodie grew up in Ipswich and graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Jodie has worked at various practices in Suffolk. Jodie joined Vets4Pets from VetsNow in July 2014.

What made you want to be a Vet?

I have always had lots of pets and a great love for animals. Fixing poorly ones has always been my dream.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would it be and why?

I would be a Cat because I could laze around or explore as I pleased.

What is your favourite thing about being a Vet?

For me it is the satisfaction of sending an unwell animal home to their family fit and healthy again.

What pets do you have?

A very naughty polydactyl Ginger cat called Skipper, and a Hamster called Larry.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I am currently studying for my certificate in medicine and emergency medicine in critical care. Also I spend my free time writing and illustrating a book about my cat Skipper which I’m hoping to get published in the future.

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Lucy Webb

Head Veterinary Nurse (BSc(Hons) RVN) & Pet Healthcare Counsellor

Lucy was born and raised in Kesgrave, she graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in2011 with First Class Honours degree in Veterinary Nursing.  Lucy is in the process of studying for her master’s degree in critical animal behaviour which she is due to complete in 2016.
Lucy has been at Ipswich Vets4Pets since opening in 2012.

What made you want to be a veterinary Nurse and why?

I have always had an interest in animals and after undertaking work experience at a veterinary surgery, I decided that this was my calling in life and I cannot imagine doing any other job.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

A ladybird, so that I could just watch the world go by and fly about here and there.

What is your favourite thing about being a veterinary Nurse?

I love being able to help and advise owners so that they are able to get the best out of their relationship with their pets.

What pets do you have?

I have four rescue Bunnies called; Cadbury, Fudge, Maple and Oakwood.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

After graduating from university I spent time working as a Veterinary Nurse in Australia. One of my most unusual yet rewarding jobs was nursing a poorly sugar glider back to health!

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Lauren Staff

Veterinary Nurse

Lauren was born in Kent and moved to Suffolk as a child. She qualified in 2010 after completing her Veterinary Nurse training at a practice in Ipswich. Lauren has been a locum nurse as various practices around Suffolk. She currently lives in Saxmundham with her husband and three young sons.

Lauren joined Ipswich Vets4Pets in January 2015.

What made you want to be a veterinary Nurse?

I have always been interested in working with animals, so it was the only career I could see myself doing.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

A Sloth, so I could just sleep and hang around in trees all day with my Sloth friends.

What is your favourite thing about being a Veterinary Nurse?

I find my job very rewarding. I enjoy the wide variety of animals I get to nurse on a daily basis.

What pets do you have?

I have a cat called Cleo who I hand reared from a 2 day old kitten!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I got married on a beach in Mauritius.

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Hayley Brock

Animal Healthcare Assistant

Hayley was born in Ipswich; she worked for BT for fifteen years. Following a career break to raise her two children, she decided to go to Otley College and complete a level three animal management diploma.
Hayley started at Vets4Pets in 2012 as a volunteer and is now employed as an Animal Nursing Assistant.

What made you want to be an Animal Nursing Assistant?

I wanted to fulfil my life-long ambition of working with animals.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

A cat because they are very independent or a pampered dog with lovely owners.

What is your favourite thing about being a Veterinary Nursing Assistant?

For me it’s the great people I work with and getting to help the animals too.

What pets do you have?

A Yorkshire Terrier X Shih Tzu called Henry. Three rabbits – Grace, Dandelion, Ria and Smudge.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I like drawing animals in my spare time and am a keen horse rider.

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Sophie Tarrant

Veterinary Nurse

Sophie was born in Suffolk and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2010. Sophie has worked in many practices around Suffolk and also locumed for a year.

What made you want to become a Veterinary Nurse?

I have always loved animals and knew from a very young age that this was what I wanted to do.

If you could be one animal for a day, what would it be and why?

I would be a Labrador so that I could eat and exercise for the whole day.

What is your favourite thing about being a Veterinary Nurse?

I enjoy educating the clients on pet care and seeing our patients come back on a regular basism, happy and healthy.

What pets do you have?

I am the proud owner of a puppy Sprocker called Oscar and I have a Horse called Captain.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I am an HGV lorry driver and can play the Flute & Piano.

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Kit Hearsum

Receptionist

Kit was born and raised in Ipswich. She studied Media and English at college.
Kit has worked in various customer service roles over the last ten years.
Having been a client with us since 2012, she applied for the receptionist role and joined the team in September 2014.

What made you want to be a Veterinary Receptionist?

I am passionate about animals.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would it be and why?

I would be a Bengal cat so I could sleep for twenty hours a day, eat play and be naughty.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

I love interacting with the animals and their owners.

What pets do you have?

Two very naughty Bengal cats called Halo Master Chief and Logan Wolverine.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I have size three feet and I am an avid Xbox gamer. I also love to bake and create different cake designs.

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Leah Allum

Receptionist

Leah was born in Exeter and moved to Ipswich when she was six years old. After leaving school, Leah has worked in various customer service roles including Jobs at TK Maxx, The Co-op and NHS 111.
Leah joined Ipswich Vets4Pets in September 2014.

What made you want to be a veterinary receptionist?

I have always wanted to work with animals.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would it be and why?

I would be a Lion, so I could roam around Africa with my pride and be King of the Land!

What is your favourite thing about your job?

I love to meet all the animals and their wonderful owners. I also get great satisfaction from sorting out customer queries.

What pets do you have?

I have an elderly cat called Roxy and three Goldfish called Timanfaya, Megaladon and Gladys.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I am a twin and I am double jointed.

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Louise Keeble

Veterinary Surgeon

Louise grew up in Surrey and came to Suffolk in 1990. She graduated from Glasgow veterinary school in 2001. Louise has worked in a number of different practices in and around East Anglia and started working for Vets4Pets Ipswich in February 2016.

What made you want to be a vet?

I am simply pursuing a childhood dream.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

It would have to be a cat, the thought of laying in a patch of sunlight with not a care in the world is somewhat appealing.

What is your favourite thing about being a vet?

I just love to build strong relationships with my clients, not only do I get to meet some wonderful people, but I also get the pleasure of keeping their pets healthy too.

What pets do you have?

Ned and Zack are my two bearded collies and I also have Miss P the cat who keeps the boys in check.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I used to be the proud owner of a Mohawk hairstyle. 

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Emily Forsdyke

Head Receptionist

Emily was born in Somerset and moved to Suffolk at a young age.
Emily has joined the practice following a 12 year career as a bank manager and lives in Bacton with her husband Joe and son Addison.

What made you want to work in the practice?

My passion has always been to work with animals and I’m finally in a position that I can pursue my dream.

If you could be an animal for a day, what would you be and why?

I would love to be a Wolf, looking after and protecting my pack.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

The team is very close knit, and we all support each other. Every person is genuinely passionate about what they do, and it is an absolute pleasure coming to work everyday.

What pets do you have?

I have six beautiful but naughty cats named, Sooty, Sweep, Freddie, Cruella, Willow and Reek. I also have a Siberian Husky called Bandit and two rabbits called Marley and Corbett.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I used to race Subaru Imprezza’s!

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Sophie Braunig

Practice dog

Sophie is Sandra’s ‘New, old dog’. She is eleven years young and joined the family in June 2014. Sophie was born and raised in France and moved to England a few years ago.

Sophie spends a lot of time at the practice with the team and is loved by everyone who meets her.

What is your favourite thing about being a practice dog?

I really enjoy all the fuss I get whenever someone comes upstairs, but I would have to say my absolute favourite thing is when I break into the storeroom and gorge on the treat supply.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

I would be a human so I could eat whatever I wanted and talk in a silly voice to see how they like it!

What pets do you have?

I have two humans, Sandra and Dean.
They are very stingy with their dinner and don’t like to share with me. I also have a cat called Priscilla and a dog called Sketty.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I am bilingual! Having spent a number of years living in France I respond better to commands in French than English!
Au revoir.

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Sketty Braunig

Practice dog

Sketty is Sandra’s new dog. He is nearly two years old and joined the family in January 2016. Sketty had a rough start to life and was found as an injured stray which landed him in the Council Pound, he was then transferred to Tia Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue where he waited for the right home.

It was love at first sight when Sandra found him online, and in no time Sandra and Sophie were off to Doncaster to meet Sketty.

Sketty sadly was still suffering from his injuries; however Sandra and Sophie invited him into the family with open arms.

What is your favourite thing about being a practice dog?

I love coming to work with my mum and sister everyday, I have such a great social life, and enjoy meeting new buddies.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

I think I would like to be a cat for the day, I’m desperate to play with my sister Priscilla and that way I might be allowed.

What is the naughtiest thing you have ever done?

Well I once tried to eat Priscilla; I hadn’t met a cat before and wanted to know what she tasted like.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I am very talented and thanks to my wonky pelvis I can pee on my front legs... everytime!  I find it funny, my mum not so much.